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unhealthy

[uhn-hel-thee] /ʌnˈhɛl θi/
adjective, unhealthier, unhealthiest.
1.
not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition.
2.
symptomatic of or resulting from bad health:
an unhealthy pallor.
3.
not conducive to good health; unhealthful:
Night air was formerly considered unhealthy.
4.
morally bad, harmful, or contaminating:
unhealthy examples for the young.
5.
dangerous; risky:
Asking questions in this neighborhood can be unhealthy.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; un-1 + healthy
Related forms
unhealthily, adverb
unhealthiness, noun
Synonyms
1. sickly. 3. unhygienic, deleterious.
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Examples for unhealthy
  • They may be unhealthy and lacking in vital nutrients.
  • His body is absolutely free from unhealthy humours, and so he still performs all the duties and functions of a king.
  • But increased productiveness is not secured by excessive labor amid unhealthy surroundings.
  • They became unhealthy and pale, shunning physical activity for sitting around gaming.
  • Don sells cigarettes at his pharmacy, because he believes that people have the right to do unhealthy things.
  • Many adults think kids eat too many unhealthy foods.
  • unhealthy conditions, which give rise to disease, are usually the end products of these disruptions.
  • They are shabby, the bathrooms rarely get cleaned, and the food is always unhealthy and unappealing.
  • And they are caused by the same problems: unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and cigarette smoke.
  • In our country eating has taken on some unhealthy habits.
British Dictionary definitions for unhealthy

unhealthy

/ʌnˈhɛlθɪ/
adjective -healthier, -healthiest
1.
characterized by ill-health; sick; unwell
2.
characteristic of, conducive to, or resulting from ill-health an unhealthy complexion, an unhealthy atmosphere
3.
morbid or unwholesome
4.
(informal) dangerous; risky
Derived Forms
unhealthily, adverb
unhealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unhealthy
unhealthy
1595, "injurious to health," from un- (1) "not" + healthy. Earlier unhealthsome (1544), unhealthful (1580). Of persons, "sickly," it is attested from 1611.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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